Raised Floor in Outdoor Run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by oconnorfamily25, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. oconnorfamily25

    oconnorfamily25 Chirping

    Jul 19, 2010
    Has Anyone put in a raised floor in their outdoor run (attached to coop)? I am thinking of a solid wood floor with horse stall mats and shavings on top. It would be easy to clean and offer better protection from predators. The run is probably 10 x12 so it is a nice size.
  2. MrsChickendad

    MrsChickendad Songster

    Jun 18, 2008
    Lennon, Michigan
    Might be a big invitation to rats and mice. They love to nest under the floor and with all the feed and water nearby, it can be a problem, unless you raise it a couple of feet. Then you will have a hen who wants to lay or go broody under it, so it has to be far enough above the ground to get under, or tight enough to the ground so rats and mice don't make it home.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2010
  3. RedRoosterFarm

    RedRoosterFarm **LOVE MY SERAMAS**

    Mar 25, 2010
    Eatonville, Washington
    Rats will live under the floor. Maybe not a good idea? We have sand runs and we clean them a few times a month but only rake them. No stink and the rats do not mess with the sand.[​IMG]

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